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right now. then we address the long term budget deficit in a balanced way where we ask for shared responsibility as opposed to the republican plan which provides another tax break wind fall to very wealthy people at the end of everybody else. the expense of the middle class, the expense of commitments to seniors. so our focus right now is to number one, do no harm to the economy. number two, invest in a jobs plan that will help put people back to work. whether building roads or bridges or infrastructure or other things important to our economy. >> why will it take until 2040 to balance the budget under your plan? >> well, if you actually look at the past 40 years, we've only had four balanced budgets. those were during the clinton years and once leaning over to the bush years and then they squandered that balance. so the reason we do that is our focus is on jobs, craig. our focus is on meeting our commitments to seniors. we will not balance the budget on the backs of our kids' education or on the backs of our commitments to seniors. whether it is under medicare or medicaid. what w
that cutting the deficit was the most important issue facing the country. why the gap between what voters say that they want and what lawmakers are doing there in washington? >> because the lawmakers who are developing and passing budgets in washington, d.c. are completely out of touch with what most americans want. look, when paul ryan in that foot ang we just saw said that they want to about a the budget and we don't, either he is not listening or purposely evading the truthful we both want a balanced budget. the issue is how do you balance it? democrats believe we should have a solutions based budget that does three things. number one, that it takes a balanced approach to reducing debt. we've got to reduce debt. number two, that is fair to the middle class. their budget is completely unfair to the middle class. number three, that invest in the right priorities. the smart priorities. their budget completely divests. when the times are tough and families are sitting there trying to figure out what cut do we cut going to an expensive restaurant or cut our kids going to college? what this repu
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